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Gotbaum Visits Food Pantry Experiencing Spike in Need; Calls on City to Help Hungry New Yorkers

August 12, 2009
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum talks with Beverly Neuhaus, executive director of Richmond Senior Services today. Photo courtesy of Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum talks with Beverly Neuhaus, executive director of Richmond Senior Services. Photo: Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein

Public Advocate Gotbaum today called on the city to maintain current emergency food programming when she visited Richmond Senior Services, a Staten Island food pantry. In the past nine months, Richmond Senior Services has seen a great increase in demand as the economy continues to decline and nearly faced closure due to lack of resources. Public Advocate Gotbaum was joined by emergency food providers and anti-hunger advocates, urging the city to increase funding for emergency food programs and support policies – like an increase in food stamps access – to fight hunger in the city.

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum said, “As the number of unemployed in New York City continues to grow, the city cannot afford to cut emergency food programming or turn their backs on hungry New Yorkers. Not only do food stamps act as a needed lifeline for New Yorkers trying to feed their families, but they also serve to boost our city’s local economy. And making it easier for New Yorkers to access food stamps could eliminate some of the demand for pantries. Food pantries like this one are a lifeline even in the best of times, and now more than ever we should do all we can to expand food assistance services.”

For full press release, click here.

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